Everything You Need to Know About the Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque Guided Tour in Dubai
If you’re visiting Dubai and would like to experience a guided tour to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, you’re in luck. This magnificent mosque is one of the most iconic structures in all of the United Arab Emirates. It is situated in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, and is home to the very famous Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who is the founder and first president of the UAE. Because of its extraordinary beauty and spiritual significance, the mosque has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UAE.
So, if you’d like to know what the guided tour to this amazing structure entails and the various attractions you can expect to see and experience, here’s everything you need to know.
What You Can Expect on the Tour
On the Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque guided tour, you can expect to be taken around one of the largest mosques on earth, covering an area of almost 30 hectares. One of its most noteworthy features is its 82 domes, which makes it one of the most iconic mosques in the world. And inside, the mosque is adorned with glorious marble arches, intricate floral designs, exquisite carpets, and crystal chandeliers, to name a few.
During the guided tour, you will be provided with a knowledge guide who is an expert on Sheikh Zayed and his works and can tell you all about the history and facts about this grand structure. Additionally, you will also be provided with comfortable transport from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and all around the mosque so you can explore each section of this majestic mosque without having to worry about transportation.
What Attractions are Included?
On this tour, you can expect to witness some amazing sights and attractions within the mosque. Below is a list of the attractions available:
- The Shrine of Sheikh Zayed
- Fountains of Light
- The Court of Peace
- Colored Glass Barqah
- The World’s Largest Carpet
- The Garden of Paradise
The Shrine of Sheikh Zayed is definitely a must-see on this guided tour. This exquisite mausoleum contains several impressive tombs – one for Sheikh Zayed and members of his family. Additionally, visitors can spend time reflecting on Sheikh Zayed’s moral teachings and wisdom.
Fountains of Light is another sight that astounds visitors every time. This feature adorns the entire forecourt of the mosque and contains over 1,000 shimmering lights that create mesmerizing reflections on the pools below. In addition to its technical excellence, many visitors also appreciate the aesthetic beauty it provides.
You will also be able to witness The World’s Largest Carpet – an impressive 5,600 meters squared made from Iran silk and wool which took 2 years to complete. The carpet holds cultural value as it contains motifs inspired by Islamic art and contains verses from the Quran – something visitors find particularly awe-inspiring.
What Additional Activities are Included?
In addition to exploring the notable sights within the mosque, this tour also allows travelers to indulge in some interesting activities available at the grand structure. These activities are great for travelers who desire something a bit more unique. Below are some activities included in this tour:
- Indoor photography session
- Ottoman scented coffee tasting session
- Design-your-own-tile workshop
- Eid Al-Adha celebration
As part of an interactive experience, travelers can participate in a photo session at some of the best locations inside this grand building. The photographer will also provide tips and advice to ensure travelers get perfect shots during their tour.
Before travelers leave, they will also be able to take part in a special coffee tasting session that gives visitors a unique taste of Ottoman coffee referred to as Qahwa Baladi. Qahwa Baladi is made from green Arabica coffee beans which are handmade from the Emirates and are mixed with cardamom, cloves and saffron – providing a mouth-watering experience for all coffee lovers.
Moreover, travelers will be able to design-your-own-tile at various workshops within the mosque – a great way for travelers to spend their time in an interactive and engaging way. Finally, travelers who plan their visit during Eid Al-Adha can join a special celebration where they can get that extra special taste of Emirati culture.
Why Should You Book This Tour?
The Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque guided tour is definitely something that should not be missed – regardless if you have visited Dubai or not. Its grandeur is incomparable to any other or else other mosques or structures in Abu Dhabi or elsewhere around UAE – making this tour something unique, informative and deeply engaging. Furthermore, there is so much on offer that cannot be found elsewhere – from experiences such as witnessing the shrine of Sheikh Zayed or partaking in interesting activities such as indoor photoshoots or designing your own tile at a workshop, among many other features across its massive area, comprising over 30 hectares.
Therefore, regardless if you’re visiting for the first time or returning for more, this guided tour should be at the top of your “things-to-do’ list when visiting Dubai. And with comfortable transportation from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and knowledgeable guides who will give you all that you need to know about this grand building, it’s an experience that should not be missed – so make sure you book this tour today via Get Your Guide.
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